London Labour council takes over Grenfell Tower relief from incompetent Kensington Conservatives

This video from London, England says about itself:

If You Want The Truth About The Grenfell Tower Listen To The Local Residents Not The Media

18 June 2017

Local residents talk about how the government and the mainstream media are trying to cover up what really happened at Grenfell Tower and what action local emergency authorities could have taken to save more lives.

From daily The Independent in Britain, 18 June 2017:

Emergency taskforce takes over Grenfell Tower relief operation amid fury at ‘chaotic’ Kensington Council

An emergency taskforce has taken over the Grenfell Tower disaster relief operation following criticism of [Conservative] Kensington and Chelsea Council’s “chaotic” response. …

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May admitted “support on the ground for families who needed help or basic information” following the devastating fire in north Kensington “was not good enough”.

Families affected by the blaze have condemned the relief effort as “absolute chaos” and complained Kensington and Chelsea council had provided little support and information, with volunteering stepping in to plug the gaps.

One aid worker described the chaotic response as “like being in a disaster zone”.

Staff from [Labour party] Ealing Council in west London took over humanitarian efforts on Saturday and are now running operations at Westway Sports Centre, which has become the main refuge centre for residents of the tower made homeless by the fire.

It comes as Kensington and Chelsea Council faced criticism from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said the authority appeared to “lack the resources” to deal with the fire despite being the wealthiest authority in the country. …

But one aid worker said Ealing council had been “much more co-operative” than Kensington and Chelsea.

She said: “It was very different to get hold of information through [Kensington], we weren’t able to get things done as quickly as possible. Just generally [they had] too much going on in the last few days.

Volunteers and charity workers on the ground in north Kensington told Buzzfeed News that they were now taking instructions from Labour-run Ealing Council and had been told not to follow directions from anyone else.

David Lammy condemns government failure to support Grenfell Tower victims: ‘We’re behaving like Victorian England‘. ‘I met people yesterday who had been given £10. They have lost everything,’ says Labour MP: here.

This 18 June 2017 video from London, England is called David Lammy MP Calls For Criminal Investigation Into Grenfell Tower Contractors.

Two women feared dead in Grenfell Tower were ‘threatened with legal action’ for raising alarm about fire safety. ‘They bullied them and persecuted those like Nadia and Mariem who were brave enough to speak out, branding them troublemakers’: here.

People are comparing the Grenfell victims fund with the £369m Buckingham Palace refurbishment: here.

An article has resurfaced on Twitter quoting former Prime Minister David Cameron promising to ‘Kill off safety culture” in Britain. The article was written in January 2012 but has been brought to people’s attention in light of the recent tragedy at Grenfell Tower: here.

Grenfell Tower fire: Former housing minister criticises Tories for failing to update fire safety regulations. ‘I can’t see any reason why the review hasn’t happened,’ former Lib Dem MP Stephen Williams says: here.


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  2. Monday 19th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    SURVIVORS of the Grenfell Tower fire are being given a paltry £10 to live on by the council, a volunteer said yesterday.

    Nisha Parti said volunteers were unable to get hold of any money, despite huge donations of cash made — a crowdfunding campaign by the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation has raised more than £200,000 alone — and Prime Minister Theresa May having pledged £5 million of emergency funds.

    Ms Parti said: “We can’t get access to the money because no-one’s telling us where it is.

    “People are arriving at hotels with no-one from the council to greet them, check them in, to look after them.

    “Volunteers are now going to hotels with packages, with cash that they’re trying to find, because [the survivors] have nothing.”

    Labour MP for Kensington Emma Dent Coad said: “We are still hearing stories of people not being allocated properly.

    “There’s one woman, this morning, and her child: they have been moved three times since Wednesday into different accommodation.

    “That’s absolutely appalling.”

  3. Monday 19th June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    by Felicity Collier

    THE government agreed to help Grenfell Tower fire victim Mohammad Alhajali’s family in Syria enter Britain yesterday after more than 85,000 people signed a petition demanding they be allowed to attend his funeral.

    Mr Alhajali, who was a Syrian refugee, was the first person to be formally identified by police as a victim of Wednesday’s deadly fire.

    A friend of the family, Mirna Suleiman, set up the campaign — as a Syrian, she knows how difficult it is to obtain a visa for visits.

    She had received the sad news about Mr Alhajali after ringing hospitals, rest centres and the casualty helpline.

    Mr Alhajali’s family said in a statement: “Mohammad was a very amazing and kind person. He gave love to everyone.

    “He came to the UK because he had ambitions and aims for his life and for his family.

    “Our whole family will miss Mohammad dearly and he will never be forgotten.

    “To God we belong and to him we return.”

    Mr Alhajali’s older brother Omar, who had been with him in the flat, managed to escape the building.

    The percentage of rejected visa applications for visits from Syria has soared after the country’s devastating civil war began in 2011.

    The Home Office said it considers visa applications outside its immigration rules on compassionate grounds.

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